Overview: Manage Drive for an organization

Your organization can use Google Drive as a single place to store and share files.

Learn more about Google Drive features.  

Access files from anywhere

With Google Drive, people in your organization can get to their files from any device that has Drive on it.

  • Computer's web browser—Signing up for Drive gives you Google Drive on the web, an online app that runs in any web browser, on any computer.
  • Mobile device—Users can download the Google Drive mobile app on Android or iOS to access files on their mobile device.
  • Windows or Mac computer—You can install a Google Drive sync application to stream or sync Drive files to your Windows or Mac computer.

Manage and share all file types

You can use Google Drive to store and access all files, including:

  • All your work files—Store PDF or Microsoft Word documents, Excel worksheets, music files, photos, videos, and more. View many file types in your browser, even if you don't have their program on your computer. 
  • Documents you create and edit online—Use web-based Google Docs editors to create text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms. Editors include Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Each editor is a separate app that users can also open from Drive.

    Note: Google Drive and each of the Docs editors are separate apps. But as admin, you manage their settings from a single Drive and Docs service in your Google Admin console.

  • Custom maps you create and share—Use Google My Maps, for example, to share your company's location, plan events, or show delivery routes. 

Administrative controls

As a Drive admin, you can use your Google Admin console to:

  • Track usage and trends—Use the Drive Audit log to monitor your team's use of the Docs editors. Track how many documents people are creating, who's using which types of documents, and more.
  • Manage document sharing for your team—Control how documents are shared by default or whether users can share documents outside of your organization.
  • Manage storage space—See how your organization's Google Workspace storage is used across individuals, shared drives, and services.
  • Transfer ownership of documents—If someone leaves your organization or changes roles, use your Admin console to transfer their documents to someone else on your team.
  • Add client-side encryption— Add another layer of protection for Drive data by using your own encryption keys, in addition to using the default encryption that Google Workspace provides.

Get started with our Meet, Drive, and Chat package

If your organization wants to use Google Meet, Drive, and Chat, but you don’t need Gmail, sign up for Google Workspace Essentials Starter edition, and then upgrade to Enterprise Essentials. You can get Meet, Drive, and Chat features and administrative controls, but without the cost of Google Workspace services you don't need.

If you don’t already have Google Workspace: Sign up for Essentials | Learn more

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